COVINGTON — A Covington landmark is going on the auction block.

Twelve Oaks Bed and Breakfast, previously known as Whitehall, will be sold to the highest bidder next month, according to WSB-TV.

The home, reportedly the inspiration for Twelve Oaks of “Gone With the Wind” fame, has been restored by Nicole and John Munn and has operated as a bed and breakfast for the past six years.

The 11,000-square-foot home is located on Monticello Street, just off the Square in Covington.

The home was built in 1836 by John Harris, a longtime politician in the community. It has changed hands numerous times, with Nathaniel Snead Turner being the most notable owner. Turner, who operated the Covington Mills textile factory, purchased the house in 1903 and dubbed it Whitehall. He made major changes in the Greek Revival style home, adding a second floor balcony, a third floor with dormer windows, a sun room, a bay window in the dining room and an expanded colonnade.

The Turner family owned the home until the 1970s, after which the house had a series of short-term owners.

Nicole Munn told the Citizen in 2013 that she bought the home out of foreclosure. At that time, Munn said she had invested about $600,000 in restoring the home. Renovations included six new bathrooms, new electrical and plumbing systems, new heating and air systems, new windows, wall repairs, sprinklers, emergency lighting, and a commercial kitchen.

The house now has 12 bedrooms, 12 bathrooms, foyer, living room, dining room, kitchen and balconies. Set on 3 acres, the property also features decks and a pool.


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